Sunday, April 3, 2011


Many people say that December 21, 2012 will be the end of the world, but what proof do they actually have? There are many different interpretations and the one you hear the most is probably that 2012 will "mark the coming of a new glorius age of wisdom and peace. It will be the Age of the Aquarious at last, with a world full of peace, love, and understanding."

In 1521, Spanish invaders found an empty city left behind by the Mayans, and burnt everyn piece of Mayan literature they could find. Only about three books remained which were not sufficient enough to decode what the Mayans meant by the end of the world, so what awaits us in 2012 remains an open question.

In all actuality, I think that people misinterpret the findings. The Mayan calandar is based to two different calandars: The 365 day solar calandar known as the Haab and the 260 day calandar with 20 periods of 13 days known as the Tzolk'in. The two calandars repeat every 52 years, a period generally known as the calandar round. To desginate periods over the 52 year mark a long count calandar is used in which a base 18 or base 20 tally is applied. So it would be something like this:

1 day = 1 k'in =

20 days = 1 winal (20 k'in) =

360 days = 1 tun (18 winal) =

7,200 days = 1 k'atun (20 tun) =

144,000 days = 1 b'ak'tun (20 k'atun) =

The long count of December 21, 2012 would be which marks the end of the 13th b'ak'tun and the start of the 14th written as so this could just be marking the celebration of the completion of a whole cycle. Also on this day an extremely rare event will take place. The sun will move to and unique spot in the sky and will form perfect alignment in the center of the galaxy with the milky way and the galactic equinox (the axis in which the constellations travel, the line that defines the coordinates in space).

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